One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Join us at our monthly CryptoParty gathering! What is a CryptoParty? For more information, check this out:

    It's an informal, non-commercial gathering where folks can discuss select topics in privacy, information security and technology.

    Some of these topics include:

    Anonymity: is pure anonymity possible in the Brave New World?

    Browser Security: setting tweaks, hacks, considerations

    Countersurveillance: techniques to baffle and thwart your adversaries

    Dead Drops: USB and otherwise

    Encryption: for email and hard drives

    Internet Cash Schemes: bitcoin, advantages and disadvantages

    Steganography: hidden messages in plain sight

    Symbolic Communication: a public post of red flowers means...

    Virtual Private Networks: how do you use one and how effective are they?

    Whistleblowing: considerations when leaking sensitive information

    If you're at all the least bit concerned about the government scooping up all your internet activity to build a detailed dossier on you and kept on file indefinitely ready to use whenever you get labeled a "terrorist" - then CryptoParty is for you.

    Please consider a $5 donation towards our internet and legal defense fund!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Thursday, April 19 at 8:00 PM

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    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/249438671/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    • What we'll do
    Cosplay Crafting - Post Apoc Grunge and Deconstruction Techniques 9AM
    til 2PM We’ll be demonstrating techniques to make the new look old and
    busted. Tools and paint and other scraps to add to your wasteland wear
    will be available until its gone! We welcome all levels of costumers,
    cosplayers, LARPers and others interested in imaging themselves in the
    wrecked wastes of the dark future

    • What to bring
    Clothing you want to get grunge-y or partially destroyed, your own paint and tools.

    • Important to know
    We'll also have a paint area outside and behind the space, to control mess inside the space for paint splatter and other dirty materials.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 AM

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    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/248700254/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    MIG Welding for Beginners is a bimonthly class series that introduces the MIG welding process for hobbyists and home users. MIG (Metal- Inert Gas) is an arc welding process that uses wire fed from a spool to carry the arc and deposit filler metal, while shielded by an inert gas mixture of Argon and CO2. The class focuses on learning the fundamentals of safety, material prep, and tool use for welding on mild carbon steel.

    In this class, you will learn how to prepare and set up a workpiece, set up and safely run the welder, and successfully join pieces of metal together. You will practice running several beads, and then weld small plates together to practice and demonstrate basic joints used in welding. Anything you weld on is yours to take home at the end of the class.
    Meetup Details:
    + Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    + $120 (pay on the Meetup page)
    + Dominic Ryder is the instructor

    What to Wear (required):
    + Long-sleeve 100% cotton button-up shirt (denim or flannel works great)
    + Long work pants
    + Leather or closed toed work shoes
    + Hair pulled back
    + No jewelry

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, April 21 at 12:00 PM

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    Price: 120.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/248672764/